3 of the Best Tips for Getting Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are a valuable technology to improve your ability to hear. They have a microphone and amplifier that pick up sounds and makes them louder and clearer so that it's easier to hear. There are different styles and features you can add to your hearing aids as well.
With so many options and things to consider before getting hearing aids, let's explore three of the best tips for getting hearing aids!
1. Select a Comfortable Style
There are various sizes and styles of how a hearing aid fits in or around your ear. You will want to select a type that supports the level of sound amplification you need and make sure it's a comfortable fit. Here are three common styles:
- Completely in the Canal (CIC) or Mini CIC/IIC: Fits in your ear canal, is less visible, and is suitable for mild to moderate conditions.
- In the Ear (ITE): Can either fill the entire outer ear or only the lower part. It supports mild to severe conditions and has a longer battery life than CICs.
- Behind the Ear (BTE): Rests behind your ear by hooking over the top of your ear. It's appropriate for most levels of hearing loss and conditions as well as supports different features.
2. Features To Support Your Lifestyle
Depending on the style, there are optional features you can include in your hearing aids to improve your ability to hear and support your lifestyle. Examples include:
- Noise reduction features
- Rechargeable batteries for easy maintenance
- Directional microphones
- Wireless connection to smartphones
- Remote controls to adjust features
3. Test Your New Hearing Aid
You want to make sure the hearing aids you get work well for you. Make sure to ask any questions you have and check the warranty if you find your new selection isn't optimal for your needs.
When you first go to pick up your new hearing aids, ask the provider for a real-ear test. The provider can check the device's responsiveness, comfort, and how well you hear in quiet or noisy areas. Once you get home, practice everyday activities to make sure your hearing aids work well for you. While getting used to your new hearing aid will take time, you can also take it back to your provider for additional adjustments if you feel it's not working well enough.
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